What does it mean to be prophetic? To live a life overflowing with edification, exhortation, and consolation? To embody THE Prophet in the lives of those around me?
I don’t want to just be good at giving words. At offering compliments. I don’t want my role to be limited to telling people, “You should do that! You’d be so great at that!”
I want to literally call out the gold in others. I want to haunt them with encouragement and tangible support to the point that they manifest their inner glory in ways they didn’t even dream were possible…
I want to see people move beyond the barriers they’ve been held back by, whether it was from their own discouragement or just by innocently not having the fullest picture of what it could look like for them to walk in greatness.
I want to see trajectories changed, destinies beginning to materialize and hearts overflowing more visibly with confidence, creativity and influence. And (selfishly?) I want to play a crucial role in unlocking that potential.
“There’s nothing you could do to make me love you more, my child. I’m not waiting for you to change. I’m not waiting for you to perform at all or to produce anything. I’m overjoyed merely at the thought of who you are right now. I am having a party everyday — just because you exist. You are so worth celebrating and so worth showcasing.
“You are not your calling. You are not your assignments. You are not even your relationships. You are my kid. That’s reason enough for me to be excited. On top of that, to also have your constant attention, trust and adoration… it’s just the most incredible feeling!
“I love that you want to serve me, and I love that you want to grow and heal as an individual. I don’t want you to think of yourself though as still being ‘lacking’ in some sense. Drive that notion out of your head, out of your being. It’s simply not true.
“You are a gift to me, a gift to your communities, and a gift to generations to come. And you don’t even have to try to be. I made you that way and I am so proud of how you’ve turned out. You are my flawless masterpiece, and I couldn’t be happier with you.”